Oldest Stuff in New York City
by Jonathan Zeller, 03/07/2012
(From left) C.O. Bigelow, photo by Willie Davis • The Cyclone, photo by Bami Adedoyin
Enthusiastic preservationists will tell you that New York City is always changing. Delis become bank branches. For years now, punk venue CBGB has been a John Varvatos store. A huge basketball arena is rising among the brownstones of Prospect Heights. The five boroughs always seem to be looking ahead. As Valerie Paley of The New-York Historical Society puts it, "New York, from a preservationist perspective, has been a victim of its own success."
Maybe. But the City's been around since 1624, and plenty of historical landmarks are still standing. The following slides catalog some of the oldest, sorted by category.